Narragansett Summer Ale - Narragansett Brewing Co.

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Narragansett Summer AleNarragansett Summer Ale

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BA SCORE
87
very good

121 Reviews
THE BROS
80
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Reviews: 121
Hads: 419
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.37%
Wants: 31
Gots: 60 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Narragansett Brewing Co. visit their website
Rhode Island, United States

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  4.20% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-15-2011

Narragansett Summer is a light session ale made with two row pale malt and citra hops. The citra hops are a very popular, newer variety that deliver aromas of citrus and passion fruit without overpowering the taste buds. The beer is blonde in color and the mild kiss of the hops complement the pale malt perfectly, making it extremely drinkable.

24 IBU
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Photo of victory4me
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip.

Pours clear with a big fluffy beautiful 4 finger head that slowly dissipates and leaves a cloud of puffy bubbles as a pillow in my glass. Subtle aroma of sweet malts and citrusy hops that are on spot for the style.

Taste is surprisingly citrusy from a healthy dose of citra hops. Slight sweetness from the malt nicely complements the hops. Mouthfeel is wonderfully creamy and I cannot remember a beer this low in ABV that is so chewy.

Overall, I would call this my perfect summer session ale. Cheap. Tall-boy cans. Awesome look. Amazing mouthfeel. Low ABV. A taste that holds up extremely well. How could anyone complain?

Buy it, you won't find anything better for the price. (700 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a sixer of tallboy cans at Decicco's. Poured into a pint glass.

Pou yields a bright, clear brew that is golden in color with a thin white head and some very light lacing. Some spots, though not all that much. The nose carries a bit of light grain, though not much of any accompanying sweetness. No real hop presence in the nose or flavor, though a bit of bitterness comes through in the finish. Really plain overall. However, something about the chemistry that I do enjoy. No hops and the malt really brings neither malt flavor nor sweetness. Well made with no real flaws in execution. Kind of bland, but satisfying. (627 characters)

Photo of Gambrinus1184
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16-ounce can into a Carling Black Label glass.

A: Clean, clear, pale golden color with a frothy, two-finger head of white carbonation. Quite bubbly & head retention matched the great clarity as well.

S: Zesty, spicy and slightly metallic hop notes surround the light, mild citrus esters of the cracker malts.

T: Sweet, spicy and floral malts hit the palate first witha light, brisk bitterness building to a mild, juicy malt center. Grassy, bitter hops surround the refreshing and slightly citrusy bitter finish.

M: Light bodied, crisp and highly refreshing. Carbonation keeps the flavors light and effervescent adding to the superb drinkability.

O: A really nice, flavorful, crisp and balanced pale blonde ale. Near perfect for summer and one of the best blondes I've had. The 4.2% ABV means you can session at your backyard BBQ or beach party all day long. (876 characters)

Photo of Jayli
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Acquired from TheManiacalOne ... and I'd say thank you but everyone in this area is sold out and I'm jonesing for it!
From a 16 oz can poured in to a pint glass...
Consumed 6/28

A: This beer pours a clear light golden color, carbonation is very visible. A three finger of white foamy head sits on top receding at a moderate pace and leaves clumps of lacing that eventually lend to thick sticky lacing.

S: Nose is grainy, light fruits, and a bit of citrus hops.

T: Taste starts with nice and very light caramel malts mingled with a bit of mango flavoring. A light graininess comes through that holds through the middle before a very pleasant albeit light grapefruit citrus hop hits up the finish.

M: Lighter bodied, moderate carbonation with a somehwat slick feel at the forefront and a bone dry finish.

O; Goes down easily, extremely tasty, not filling, not much of a kick, and a great representation of style. Hellooo - if the local liquor stores can keep up with the demand, you SHALL be my summer beer. (1,012 characters)

Photo of cpolking
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a bright honey golden in color with an inch of thick, foamy white head that leaves medium lacing down the glass.

The aroma is fresh, bright, fruity, citrus zest and tropical fruit, but in a smooth, aromatic and honey-sweet way, not in a knock-you-over IPA way.

The taste is lightly honeyed fruit and citrus zest over a solid malt grain bed. The finish is round and smooth yet very dry and somewhat bitter. After the wave of bitterness, the sweet fruit lingers around again as well.

This beer far exceeded my expectations. This is a damn fine summer ale and a damn fine beer all around. The distribution of Narragansett is limited, but, if you can get your hands on this, try it now. (704 characters)

Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to TheManiacalOne for this brew.

Pours a nice clean/clear golden yellow color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger foamy white head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, slight hop note, with a touch of caramel. The taste is sweet, malty, slightly hoppy. Medium Body. A nice brew, excellent thirst quencher on a hot day. (359 characters)

Photo of GJ40
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a 16oz can.

A - Golden and crystal clear with a small white head that dissipates quickly. A slow but steady stream of rising bubbles. Some lacing.

S - Fruity hops, apple.

T - Fruitier and sweeter than you'd expect from a Narragansett. Nice citrusy flavors in the finish but little bitterness. Very smooth.

M - A light feel. Fairly thin. A moderate carbonation but yet it contributes to the lightness.

O - A very refreshing beer that delivers as advertized. It's everything you'd want on a hot summer day. It goes down easy but there's just enough flavor to satisfy the palate.

It's great to see the Narragansett name out there again! (653 characters)

Photo of zoolzoo
4.26/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is by far my favorite summer time beer this year.

Narragansett Summer drinks like a super crisp lager, but with some subtle citrus zing derivative of the hop profile and ale yeast.

The malt bill is bready enough but really tight, sweetness is present but in check. Finish is squeaky clean, save some slight lingering bitterness and almost a kiss of lemon.

Low ABV, clean and enjoyable flavors, really an excellent beer for the summer season (or any season). Nice can too... (483 characters)

Photo of coachdonovan
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale yellow with a towering head that fades after about 90 seconds, but we have some good lacing here. I'm happy to see that the style listing for this beer was changed from Pale Wheat Ale, as this beer is crystal clear. Steady stream of tiny bubbles rising up from the bottom of my mug.

Aroma and taste have plenty of zing from citric hops, along the lines of a mellowed-out Czech lager. The flavor is grassy and clean without being watered-down. A little bit of lemon zest, but the finish is exceedingly dry and again clean.

I'm glad to see 'Gansett changed it up from the overly bready SA Summer and Oberon. This is a perfect gateway selection for those who are scared of non-yellow beer. I've been enjoying it for about a month, and it certainly holds up to a thorough inspection. (794 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rich amber in color, light with a nice head of white on top. Lots of carbonation coming up toward the surface throughout the session, reinforcing an already strong look. Light hops get stronger as it warms up. Nice bit of grain mixing in as well now, nice depth to it I have to admit. Crisp, clean taste and feel here. Really again very well done I have to say. Light finish which was quite dry and I have to admit this was very, very session able. You never can tell what is going to happen when you try a new pale ale, but this was surprisingly very good. (557 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A big shout out to woodychandler for the hook up. Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a golden color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of hops, some grains. Taste is a good hop/malt balance, some citrus flavor. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a refreshing and enjoyable beer. (280 characters)

Photo of Kinsman
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Crystal clear golden body with a nice fluffy and sticky white head about 2 fingers thick to start.

Aroma is slightly sweet with some biscuity and cereal grain notes. Slightly grassy hop presence but overall the aroma is fairly light.

Biscuity and bready malt profile with just a hint of malty sweetness and grain husk. Hops hint at a bit of lemon zest and grass but really are in the background.

Mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing and at only 4.2%, this is pretty light. Overall, I'm really enjoying this and I think the brewers hit the nail on the head with a light refreshing summer beer that has more flavor than your typical summer beer. (646 characters)

Photo of Bendurgin
3.66/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tallboy poured into a pint glass. This one pours a clear golden straw color with a finger of creamy white head. Great retention and a little bit of sticky lace.

Candied orange in the aroma and a little bit of bitter grassy hops to finish this out. A little bit of toasty grains and a kiss of lemon in the aroma. Very toasty flavors here mostly noticable on the pallet. A little bit of lemon finishes this one off.

A little bit heavier than I would preffer for the style and the carbonation is very soft. Not a bad light summer beer here. Narragansett again makes a pretty kickin' seasonal. (591 characters)

Photo of turfy
4.09/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Okay, what's a guy from Texas doing drinking Narragansett Summer Ale? Well, it's burning up down here and I had read on the forums that this brew was highly regarded as a summer /lawnmower beer. TheManiacalOne was kind enough to hook me up with a 6'er in a trade. Thanks Mark!

A- Poured a deep gold with an impressive 3 finger head. Nice, fluffy white head. This baby hung around to the end, too. And nice lacing. Off to a great start!

S - Not much aroma, but that's to be expected from this style, right? My initial thought upon smelling was 'clean'. Kind of a crisp, grain aroma with a trace of lemon.

T - What a perfect balance for a summer beer! Mild malts followed with a bright, bitter hop finish. Not any of that sweet or 'corn' taste you get with some others of this style. Very clean and crisp.

M - Not light but not too much on the medium side....say, light medium? Again, just right. The level of carbonation matches up great.

O- If this was available in my area, it would be my go-to beer throughout the hot weather season. What an impressive beer that absolutely nails what it set out to do! (1,110 characters)

Photo of phantomwyse
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours out a very filtered lemon-honey body with an impressive two-finger cappuccino-like head. Mesmerizing lacing.

S: Clean and crisp with hints of wheat, wet grass, cereal grain and then at the end there is a distinct hop aroma, lightly fruity with traces of apple and pear and some just-there pine.

T: Starts off with some fruits up front, again with the apples and the pear. In the middle a slightly pungent sour flavor works its way in, in a vaguely unpleasant way. This is immediately washed away by a rush of dry wheat that segues into a slightly hoppy finish. The aftertaste is grainy and reminiscent regular ‘Gansett and other mass produced brews, see PBR etc…

M: Medium to light bodied that’s crisp in the middle and finishes silky.

O: Surprisingly not bad. Old school fifties aura meets modern attempt to appeal to broader, more discerning audiences with mixed results. This is a good beer to get thoughtless with, grab a few, hit the roof deck with friends and just chill with some music. It tries to work in some more complexity than its flagship predecessor, but stumbles as much as it strides, as the light fruitiness and the hops progress, but the discrepancy between that and the sour middle, mediocre aftertaste weigh this beer down. (1,263 characters)

Photo of tigg924
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: 2 inch head with a rocky top, gold in color, clear, high carbonation

Smell: faint pine and grass

Taste: sweet grass, caramel, and pine hops at the end.

Mouthfeel: high carbonation, sweet start then the hops kick in to make it slightly bitter, light bodied

Overall: Best thing I have had from 'Gansett and what I would describe as a perfect lawnmower beer. Enough strength and beer taste to quench the thrist and keep on going. Complex enough to make me want the full six. (487 characters)

Photo of BigH75
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A- a little more color than a pale lager, but lighter yellow than most summer ales. appealling frothy head

S- not alot of smell

T- pleasently more malty and bitter than I expected. still not an overwhelmingly flavorful beer

M- light to medium feel exactly what I wanted from a very good "lawmower beer

O- you may never find a better hot summer day session beer value

Side Note - along with my inexpensive 6-pack of tall-boy cans, I got a free neck tie. It is polyester blue with anchors and the traditional Naragansett "Hi Neighbor" Can't imagine actually wearing it, but found it quite amusing (599 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The CANQuest (TM) motors on following yet another brief hiatus to align the bottle and on-tap numbers. I dislike getting away from my beloved and oh-so-recyclable CANs, but people begin to worry about me when the numbers are too strongly skewed in favor of CANs. I'll be okay, believe me!

From the CAN: The graphic of the dude on a surfboard riding the waves in front of a pier overlooked by an impressive brick castle-like structure is priceless. "Hi-Neighbor! When we set out to make a "Gansett brew just for summertime, we knew we wanted something extremely drinkable. A beer that would be perfect for a day at the beach or a backyard barbecue. Our Summer Ale is just that, a superbly balanced pale ale that's brewed just right for drinking. The Narragansett Towers still stand today, recalling fond memories of the old Pier Casino, a popular summer destination back when 'Gansett first started brewing in the 1890s. So when you're looking for a great session beer this summer, look no further than the Towers and 'Gansett Summer Ale."

Do I like 'Gansett beers? I wore my famous rebus tie last Tuesday (07 June 2011) to their PHL Beer Week event that featured 2 for 1 on these CANs, plus $1.00 oysters. That's livin'! I even kept one of the wooden nickels as a souvenir. Shhh.

The Crack & Glug produced two dense fingers of rocky, bone-white head with decent retention. Color was a deep golden-yellow with NE-quality clarity and an abundance of visible CO2 bubbles. Nose had an interesting lemony citrus scent. Mouthfeel was very full thanks to all of the carbonation. There was a light pine hoppiness along with the lemon citrusiness noted on the nose. Finish was quite dry and refreshing and I realized that I should have been outside on this warm afternoon to drink it, rather than inside at the keyboard. This definitely rates a place in the cooler. (1,859 characters)

Photo of Hibernator
4.07/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Narragansett Summer Ale
16 oz can
Served in a 20 oz tulip glass
Jet ink #1171 1229 on the bottom of the can

Pours a golden yellow with a frothy white head.

Whiffs of grainy malts and some light fruit with some hops in the background. An inviting nose.

Flavors of cereal grains, caramel malts with a mini hop snap on the finish. Some light fruit flavors like apple or pear too with a hint of lemon zest. I really like the soft mouthfeel of this beer and high drinkability level. (480 characters)

Photo of Brad007
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Finally, another seasonal from Narragansett that I have not tried.

Pours a mild golden color with a one-finger head. Looks light-bodied but will it taste that way?

Sweet malt with little, if any hop character. It certainly fits the style criteria.

Wow. Grassy hops mingle with malt that's balanced (not sweet or dry). Tasty. Kinda pulls ya by the honker.

Carbonation is not so great though. It's too hard to gulp or chug, which means that you'll enjoy it more after mowing the lawn.

Why couldn't they market this as their "light" beer? Regardless, a decent example! (571 characters)

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16oz can served in a large glass beer mug.

L - golden yellow with a big fluffy white head that hung around and left trails of lacing.

S - light citrus and floral aromas.

T - lighter tasting but not too light the finish is nicely done, dry and somewhat bitter.

F - light, crisp, refreshing and totally drinkable.

O - a good summer beer that I'll be drinking a lot of this summer. (383 characters)

Photo of tempest
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a sixer of tallboys for $7. I was surprised to see such a tall, fluffy head on top of this, but it looks like a Belgian blonde.

The beer reminded me of craft brewery takes on the cream ale. It started off with a light, somewhat cream bread taste and then a spicy citrus hop finish. It's simple, but a tasty session option. (333 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled at the B/A Craft Brew Fest on June 3, 2011. The pour is a hazy golden-yellow with a bit of a fizzy white head. Up front on the nose there seems to be a sweetish malt character above anything else with a little hint of citrus zing. The body was a bit better than average in the medium range. The taste was quite sweet at the start but then evolved into a butternut, citrus circus and a slightly dryer finish. Pretty good summer. (435 characters)

Photo of SeussMD
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was very impressed by the Helles Bock and was eagerly waiting for the Summer Ale to appear. I scored a six-pack of talll boys (in a lovely shade of Rhode Island blue) at the Liquor Depot in Simsbury, CT.

Poured from 16 oz tall boy into an Imperal pint glass.

Appearance: Pours bright gold with 1 to 1 1/2-inch fluffy white head, not unlike the foam on the waves at the beach. Laces easily. Head recedes to about 1/4 to 1/8 inch.

Smell: Divine. Lemon, honey, wheat. Very inviting.

Taste: The hop presence is there from the start, but just bitter enough to let you know it's there ... lemon citrus hop flavors provide just enough bitterness to offset mild malty sweetness. Very refreshing finish ... the hops linger, somewhat mouthwatering but not overly dry. A delicious summer beer.

This is the best new beer I've had in a long time and solid proof that Narragansett's rebirth is on solid footing -- it's a hell of a lot more than "Hi neighbor!" nostalgia. Proof that you can make a refreshing "lawnmower" beer with plenty of character that brings the flavor but, at 4.2 ABV, doesn't knock you on your ass. I'lll be drinking a LOT of this... (1,148 characters)

Photo of WanderingFool
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Narragansett Summer Ale pours a clear straw yellow with a creamy white head on top. The foam dissolves slowly to a thin sheet on the beer, leaving behind spots and lines of lace on the glass. From the bottom of the glass, a flurry of tiny bubbles quickly rise to the surface.

Light aroma with notes of lemon and toasted malt. Hint of honey mixed in.

Each sip of this light to medium bodied beer is creamy on the palate with a firm carbonated fizz. The flavor is sweet with a mild bitterness and descent floral hop balance. Grainy malt, lemon citrus, grass and a touch of honey. It finishes mildly bitter. Once gone the lemon notes linger on the palate.

This is a very easy drinking beer that has a well balanced flavor. Very refreshing and with 4.2% abv you can enjoy a few while camping or at a BBQ. (803 characters)

Narragansett Summer Ale from Narragansett Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 121 ratings.